As a successful writer, animator, voice actor and director, with an estimated net worth of 100 million dollars, Seth MacFarlane is now a household name. But not everyone knows he was actually cryogenically frozen in the mid '60s, for almost forty years. These are some of the clues I've gathered, proving beyond doubt that not only does this technology exist, but it was used by one of the most famous people around.
He Constantly Uses Pop Culture References
It's no coincidence that ninety per cent of every Family Guy episode is just jokes about TV shows, movies, songs and celebrities. MacFarlane has made a habit of referencing pop culture. And why is that? Why would someone waste so much precious time on his show, steering away from the plot to make fun of some fifteen-year-old hollywood film? The answer must be that he's trying to prove something.
MacFarlane wants us to know that he is proficient in everything that happened in the last thirty years. He knows every show, every movie, every song. And he'll show us this knowledge by referencing it on his shows. He's actually trying to let us know that he lived through this time, when in fact, he spent all these decades cryogenically frozen. He spent years learning everything about the decades he'd missed, to help him disguise his horrible secret.
He Sounds Like a 1950s Swing Singer
MacFarlane loves to sing swing songs. In 2011, he even had a TV special called "Seth MacFarlane: Swingin' in Concert", where he sang some wonderful classic songs from the 40s and 50s, along with a thiry-nine piece orchestra. This man really enjoys the music of his own time, and doesn't seem to be able to connect to our generation, music-wise.
His Oscar Jokes were Old Fashioned and Misogynistic
Even if you leave out his original song aptly titled "We Saw your Boobs", MacFarlane was a pretty old fashioned host at the 2013 Oscars. And by old fashioned, I mean his humor was that of a common misogynist '50s comedian. In the course of the show, MacFarlane managed to joke about Rihanna being beaten by Chris Brown, make fun of women vomiting to lose weight, and call Jennifer Aniston a stripper.
But It's not really Seth's fault. In his time, women were often treated this way. These sort of misogynist jokes were the norm. Women were expected to cook, clean and look pretty. Being frozen for the entirety of the women's rights movement, MacFarlane just hadn't figured out times had changed.
His Futurama Appearance
Some industry insiders are well aware of MacFarlane's past, and have been trying to give out clues. The most obvious one being his inclusion in the Futurama franchise- which revolves around a man who was cryogenically frozen and awoken in the year 3000. In the Futurama film "Into the Wild Green Yonder", MacFarlane was chosen to sing the opening credits theme song titled "That was Then (And This is Too). The title alone is a pretty heavy clue, as is the musical style Macfarlane loves so much. But check out some of the other lyrics in this song:
"You and I will be rebornIn a future place and time".
"Three thousand and tenIs exactly the same as 1962"
Stewie Griffin is Based on Rex Harrison
It's easy to notice the funny voice given to Stewie, the baby character on "Family Guy". MacFarlane confessed to basing Stewie's accent on the voice of english actor Rex Harrison, who is most famous for portraying Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady". The film was released in 1964, and was presumingly the last film MacFarlane had watched before freezing himself.
The Titles of his Shows
MacFarlane has two shows on the air called "Family Guy" and "American Dad". Both titles are perfect reminders of the themes of early Television. Back in the day, shows were mostly focused on patriarchal families, with the dad always being the smart, hard working, sensible one. Father knows best. MacFarlane longs for these old shows he used to watch just before he was frozen. While he knows such shows won't work on modern television, that craves broken families and anti heroes, he still finds it comforting to know he can open up his TV guide and see shows romantically called "Family Guy" and "American Dad", bringing him closer to his long lost life.
Co-written by Leigh Lahav